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6 DAY GARDEN ROUTE TOUR

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Day 1: Cape Town - Arniston via Cape Agulhas

Stop At: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty's Bay South Africa
Penguins in their natural state at the old closed whaling Station
Duration: 35 minutes

Stop At: Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, Clarence Drive, Betty's Bay South Africa
A beautiful Botanical Garden with fabulous walks and hikes and a nice quaint restaurant
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, South Africa
You will view the most Southern Point of the African Continent , one of the oldest light houses in S. Africa which also houses a museum with the incredible history of what is one of the most dangerous shipping routes in the world and famously a grave yard for more that 150 ocean going vessels
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ginkgo Spa at Arniston Spa Hotel, Beach Road Arniston Hotel and Spa, Arniston 7280 South Africa
We spend the night at the Arniston Hotel & Spa Waenhuiskrans,arriving at 18h30, a fishing village 25 kms south east of Bredasdorp. Arniston derives its name from a transport ship HMS Arniston which ran aground on the 30 May 1815 with the loss of all but 6 of the 378 people on board. Things to do: Explore Waenshuiskrans Cave, 10 minute walk (only at low tide). It is said that the cave was large enough for a wagon to turn within it with its full span of oxen. It is believed to be the largest coastal cave with no supporting roof pillar.and on the low tide visit Waenhuiskraal Cave
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Arniston Hotel & Spa , supper is not included in the price of the tour

Day 2: Arniston to Oudtshoorn via Mossel Bay

Stop At: Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Market Street, Mossel Bay 6506 South Africa
Bartolomeu Dias Museum, Mossel Bay. This museum is a multi-disciplinary government institution which is mandated to preserve and conserve the local cultural and natural heritage resources for education and enjoyment of both local and foreign visitors. It is also an important contributor to the economic growth of the area by attracting visitors from various parts of the world who end up spending their money in the local businesses. Since its inception the Dias Museum has been a cornerstone of the tourism industry in Mossel Bay. It also houses a replica of the same vessel that Dias`s used in 1488 that was sailed to Mossel Bay in 1998 to commemorate Diass landing 500 years ago
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Oudtshoorn, 6620, Western Cape, South Africa, Oudtshoorn, 6625, South Africa
At 15H30 depart for Oudtshoorn . Arrive at 16H50 at accommodation at either Kleinplaas Self Catering Bed & Breakfast ***/ Earthbound Guest House**** / De Denne Country Guest House **** / Buffelsdrift Game Lodge****.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Dinner is not included in the Tour price quoted
Accommodation included: Kleinplaas Self Catering Bed & Breakfast, Earthbound Guest House, De Denne Country Guest House, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Day 3: Oudtshoorn to Wilderness

Stop At: Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, Scenic Cape Route 62 Volmoed, Oudtshoorn 6620 South Africa
Depart 08H30 for Highgate Ostrich Farm (1 hour)
Highgate is the world’s first, finest and most original Ostrich Show Farm. Learn all about ostriches, modern ostrich breeding, visit the hatching room and watch the staff expertly demonstrate the various crafts using the ostrich’s feathers, eggs and leather.

Depart at 10H00 to the Cango Caves at 11H00 (2 hour)

Depart at 13H00 – a 75 minute drive to Herold Wines for Wine Tasting and lunch.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: The Cango Caves, 328 Approximately 30km (19 miles) from town on the R, Oudtshoorn 6625 South Africa
One of the most awe inspiring series anywhere in the world
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Herold Wine Estate, Montagu Pass, George South Africa
Herold Wine Estate is great venue for wine tasting, a cellar tour by Nico is very informative and Maureens finishes off a great day with her prepared meals and food platters
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: We offer our clients either the (Wilderness Hotel )*** or Dolphin Dunes Guest House ****, pending availability

Day 4: Wilderness to The Crags

Stop At: Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Monkeyland Road Animal Alley, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600 South Africa
Monkeyland (Free roaming primate sanctuary)
Located in the Crags and opened in April 1998, one of 3 sanctuaries, the sanctuary comprises over 12 hectares of indigenous forest with a protected greenbelt of 4 hectares, it now has over 550 primates and 11 different species that had previously being kept in cages, zoos, as pets or in laboratories, simply a delight to observe the monkeys

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Birds of Eden, Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602 South Africa
Birds of Eden (World class free flight aviary)
Also located in the Crags and opened in December 2005, this sanctuary comprises a mesh dome built over 2.3 hectares of indigenous forest and as high as 55 meters in some places above the ground, this is by far the world’s largest free flight aviary in the world and has over 1.2 kilometers of walkways with some elevated to 75% to view the birds at various levels and up close in many cases. Over 3500 birds representing over 200 species including Macaw`s, Pink Flamingoes, Grey Parrot`s, Alexandrine Parakeets and Blue Headed Parrots are to be viewed in this glorious setting.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, N2, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6600 South Africa
Jukani Sanctuary (where rescued big cats feel at home)
Last but definitely not least the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the apex predators ,(the big cats) such as Lions, Tigers, jaguars, Leopards, Puma`s, Cheetahs, Caracal, Serval all rescued animals and other hoofed animals including Hyena, honey Badger, Black Backed Jackal, Zebra and Springbok, here you are guided for 1½ hours by professional guides, a truly heartwarming experience.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa
Lunch at either Villa Villekula, Peppermill or Moss & Maple Restaurants
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stop At: Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Just west of the Paul Sauer Bridge on the N2, Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Here the clients must have chosen either Andelomi Forest Lodge, Tsitsikamma Inn, Storms River Guest House, Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa or The Fennery Lodge & Chalets as their preferred hotel or guest house
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Dinner is not included in the tour price quoted
Accommodation included: Andelomi Forest lodge, Tsitsikamma Inn, Storms River Guest lodge, Tsitiskamma Lodge/Spa or The Fennery Lodge & Chalets

Day 5: Storms River Mouth to Kynsna

Stop At: Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure, Farm 509/1 Witelsbos Tsitsikamma, 6304, South Africa
1) Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure Park – (2½ hours) Tsitsikamma Adventure park offers spectacular Zipline adventure slides across the Kruis River. The eight slides, of which the longest is 211m, zigzag along cables across the river gorge, as high as 50m above the water in some places. Each section presents its own surprises, adventure, wonders and beautiful views over indigenous Tsitsikamma fauna and flora. Users can control the speed of their descent, allowing them to stop mid cable to take in some of the awesome views over the waterfalls. The guides provide interesting commentary about the area as patrons traverse the gorge and waterfalls. After finishing the zip lining we will take a walk through the gorge and watch the breath taking waterfalls.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, 101 Darnell St, Storms River, 6308, South Africa
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours Zip Line @ Tsitsikamma Village (3 - 4 hours) Located in the beautiful Tsitskamma Forest , the slides are connected to 11 platforms built around giant Outeniqua trees up to 700 years old. Here you will zip line above the trees known as the canopy crossing streams, a beautiful waterfall, some smaller rapids and a suspension bridge and if lucky you might see the gorgeous Knysna Loeries or the fabulous red Norina Trogon.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Tsitsikamma Segway Tours, 54 Formosa St, Storms River, 6308, South Africa
Tsitsikamma Segway Forest Adventure – Glide through the Tsitsikamma Village on 2 wheeled self-balancing battery powered, green personal transport and then take a forest road deep into the pristine Tsitsikamma Indigenous forest through the ancient silent giants called Yellowwood and Stinkwood right up to the 1000 year old Outenique yellowwood tree, smell, feel and be intoxicated by the smells, sounds and beauty of this absolutely unique treasure ( 1 or 2 hour guided tour)
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Just west of the Paul Sauer Bridge on the N2, Tsitsikamma National Park South Africa
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey (departs 08h30 – 2½ - 3 hours) Journey down the old Stormsriver Pass through the magnificent indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest in vehicles suited along the elephant migratory route through Yellowwood and Stinkwood trees still used to make unique and exquisite furniture. The tour takes you through pristine wilderness and sublime beauty with a running oratory by professional guides explaining the culture, fauna, and flora while identifying plants used originally by the Khoisan for toothache and natural insect repellent. Visit one of the oldest historical stone buildings as a hunting lodge for hunters in days gone by finally ending the tour with lunch or tea at a picnic site next to the Storms River.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Storms River Mouth, Unnamed Road, South Africa
5) Storms River Mouth – Untouched adventures – canoeing up the Storms River ( 2½ hour guided tour ) Weather permitting we paddle from the Storms River harbor across the ocean and pass underneath the famous Storms River mouth Suspension Bridge and up the Storms River Gorge into the Tsitsikamma National park until we reach the Bats Cave spending time absorbing the spectacular cliffs all around us from our kayaks. On reaching the low-water point we swap our kayaks for Lillo’s , cross a few rocks and continue floating up deeper into the river gorge and some more amazing scenery. Upon reaching our destination we return via the same route, swap our Lillo’s for our kayaks and we then have the added adventure opportunity to leap off overhanging cliff walls of the gorge into deep pools before returning back to the harbor.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Darnell St, Storms River, 6308, South Africa
Marilyn`s Diner for a light lunch that takes one back to the days of Elvis and rock @ roll, a nostalgic trip down memory lane
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at The Greens Nest House **** / Cunninghams Guest House ***

Day 6: The Wilderness To Cape Town

Stop At: Garden Route Trail, Dumbleton Rd, Wilderness South Africa
Wilderness: Eden Adventures – canoe up Touw’s River
This experience is set in the Garden Route Lake District which is made up of 5 lakes of varying size separated from the sea by a series of towering fynbos dunes. On the Northern shore we have forests rising up the sloping foothills of the great Outeniqua Mountains and it is in this beautiful wilderness where we do a 1½ hour canoeing trip being enthralled by truly one of the most exquisite spectacles in nature where all you can do is but watch the Kingfishers (5 species) doing what they do best surrounded by Cormorants, Heron`s, Ergets, and Bittens, Here you do not have to worry about dangerous Crocodiles and Hippopotamus as there are not any, not to be missed.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Aloe Ferox Farm Shop, Aloe Ferox Farm, N2 Highway, Albertinia, 6695, South Africa
We stop for refreshments at Aloe Ferox/Alcare, Albertina and some health products made from Aloes.Here you will find a very impressive range of Health & Beauty Products,, Body Care, Bath Range,Oral Care, Skin Care, Sun Protection, Appetite Control, Pet Care, Make Up, Joint Support, Baby Care products and much more

Light Lunch:

Depart for designated address in Cape Town
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Arrive at designated address in Cape Town
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We collect clients from any designated address in Cape Town and surrounding area including Cape Town International Airport and Cape Town Harbor

Airports

  • Cape Town Intl Airport, Cape Town Central South Africa


Ports
Cape Town Port
Duration
6 days
Inclusions
  • 3x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Transport, Accommodation, Breakfast, Entrance Fees and Wine Tasting @ Herolds Wine Estate
  • Entry/Admission - Stony Point Penguin Colony
  • Entry/Admission - Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
  • Entry/Admission - Ginkgo Spa at Arniston Spa Hotel
  • Entry/Admission - Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
  • Entry/Admission - Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
  • Entry/Admission - The Cango Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Herold Wine Estate
  • Entry/Admission - Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Birds of Eden
  • Entry/Admission - Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree
  • Entry/Admission - Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure
  • Entry/Admission - Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Tsitsikamma Segway Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Storms River Mouth
  • Entry/Admission - Tsitsikamma Village Inn
  • Entry/Admission - Garden Route Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Aloe Ferox Farm Shop
Exclusions
  • All Lunches, Dinner, and Beverages except wine tasting at Herolds Wine Estate
  • Entry/Admission - Oudtshoorn
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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